Leafs Kick Off November In New Jersey

With a surprising October now in the rearview mirror, Ron Wilson will look to keep his team headed in the right direction, starting with their sixth road contest of the year tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark. Martin Brodeur was recalled from injured reserve yesterday, and will make his first start since October 13, when he was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Injured or not, Brodeur is never a goalie to take lightly, a fact he’s reminded the Leafs and their fans of time and again, compiling 20 wins, 3 shutouts and 2.53 GAA over the years.

The Leafs made a roster move of their own, sending Matt Frattin back to the Marlies and recalling Joey Crabb to fill Colby Armstrong’s spot on the 3rd line. Playing alongside Joe Colborne, Crabb leads the Marlies with 9 goals and 12 points, and has always been a capable two-way player. Frattin had played well, but in Wilson’s words, it wasn’t fair for a player like him, “used to scoring at high levels,” to be relegated to 10 or 11 minutes a night and limited scoring opportunities. Bad news for the rest of the AHL, because I suspect he’ll end up on that top line with Jerry D’Amigo and Colborne.

The Leafs’ other lines will look pretty familiar – top six expected to remain unchanged, with Mike Brown, David Steckel and Philippe Dupuis pulling 4th line duty. Cody Franson remains a healthy scratch with Jake Gardiner holding on to his spot in the lineup.  Jonas Gustavsson will be between the pipes for the Leafs, although James Reimer has apparently been practicing and will likely be in the lineup as a backup, hopefully starting tomorrow in Columbus. Here’s Gustavsson after this morning’s skate.

Puck drops at 7:30 PM, Go Leafs!

Topics: Cody Franson, David Steckel, Jake Gardiner, James Reimer, Joe Colborne, Joey Crabb, Jonas Gustavsson, Martin Brodeur, Matt Frattin, Mike Brown, Nazem Kadri, New Jersey Devils, Phillipe Dupuis, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies

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